Monday, February 22, 2016

Want to Help Take Care of The Big Dawg?

The MSU Foundation has started a crowd funding project to help raise needed donations for specific projects and programs. At CVM, we are participating in this by highlighting our Bully Fund. Please take a moment to check out the site: . The point of this is to earn needed funds but to also promote the university. If you choose to give a gift, we also encourage you to share this site on your social media accounts (example “I just made a gift and you can, too #bigdawgcare And you don’t even have to make a gift to spread the word. Share away! Thank you!

Go, Dawgs!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

DAFVM Spotlight Employee: Verleen Gray

Verleen Gray helps keep the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine running smoothly while encouraging clients, students and staff.

As a communications operator, Verleen answers the phone and directs calls to small animal admissions and the clinic. She also handles work orders for items that break and operates the gate to let clients into and out of the hospital. Logging visitors’ names, times and destinations helps keep CVM secure.

“We also have two new classrooms, so I’ve been giving directions to students coming here from the main campus,” she added.

Before coming to CVM, Verleen worked in a variety of customer service jobs. On campus, she worked at the bookstore and then as a dispatcher for the MSU Police Department.

“I’ve always been a big customer service person, I like helping other people,” Verleen said. “I feel like you have to be a very compassionate person to work any customer service job. What might not be a big deal to someone else is a serious issue to the person on the other end of the phone. Here at CVM, I try to comfort clients and assure them everything is going to be okay with regard to their pets.”  read more...

Briarwood Animal Hospital Establishes Memorial Scholarship

Providing scholarship support for our students is important. The Briarwood Animal Hospital recently established the Briarwood Animal Hospital- Campbell G. Dale Memorial Scholarship to help provide support to a 3rd or 4th year student, preferably a Mississippi resident who is excelling in the DVM program.
The scholarship is in memory of Campbell Grady Dale, the son of Dr. David and Jill Dale, and the grandson of Dr. Leon Dale. David is a member of the MSU-CVM Class of 2004. He practices at Briarwood Animal Hospital in Jackson, MS and their second clinic, Millcreek Animal Clinic in Brandon, MS. Dr. Leon Dale finished his undergraduate degree at MSU and his DVM at Auburn University. He has practiced veterinary medicine for over 40 years.

In 2014, at the age of 4 ½, Campbell was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcom, a rare cancer of the soft tissue. After 18 months of intense chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, the cancer continued to grow. Campbell’s last days were filled with amazing experiences including being honored as a MSU Bulldog for the day, and he enjoyed going to Disney World with the Make a Wish Organization of Mississippi. Campbell was brave and happy, and his life will forever be honored through the Briarwood Animal Hospital- Campbell G. Dale Memorial Scholarship.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Melissa Montgomery
Advancement Coordinator
CVM Office of the Dean
for receiving employee of the month February 2016.

The Jackson Zoo will be hosting a free lecture

Jackson, Miss.— The Jackson Zoo will be hosting a free lecture from conservationist Brian Badger from Cheetah Conservation Fund on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 1:00 p.m.  
Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Brian Badger will be speaking about CCF’s work with cheetahs in Namibia. Thanks to the Jackson Zoo Conservation Committee & AAZK the Jackson Chapter, this opportunity is open to the public and free with zoo admission.
The lecture will take place in the Gertrude C. Ford Education Center at the Jackson Zoo. Unfortunately, there will not be a cheetah present, but there will be information about cheetahs and opportunity to ask questions about this species from an international expert.
The Cheetah Conservation Fund is dedicated to saving the cheetah species in the wild. The organization was founded in 1990, by Dr. Laurie Marker and has since established programs to help address threats to cheetahs in the wild. Brian Badger has been with CCF since 2012, and holds a wealth of knowledge about cheetahs, specifically in Namibia.
The Jackson Zoo encourages all interested guests to visit Sunday, Feb. 7 for this special presentation. For more information on Cheetah Conservation Fund visit: